Monday, December 14, 2009

Holiday books from the BookDads website

The holidays are here, and the BookDads site has a selection of books about winter celebrations -- not just Christmas, but Kwanzaa and the winter solstice too. Look for copies of these books using the World Catalog and Amazon search boxes here on BookBag, and be sure to visit BookDads, which always has interesting book ideas year-round.

The Snowy Day, by Ezra Jack Keats (Viking Juvenile) This classic picture book isn’t strictly a holiday book, but carries a timeless appeal for its depiction of the magic of winter. A young boy awakens to find that it has snowed during the night, and goes out to explore his city under its snowy white blanket. The story is told without text, making it ideal for pre-reading children, and is a trailblazer for its depiction of a young African-American child as the protagonist.

The Shortest Day: Celebrating the Winter Solstice, by Wendy Pfeffer (Dutton Juvenile). This book simply explains the phenomenon of the winter solstice, and how and why it came to be celebrated by peoples around the world. The solstice is described primarily in the context of the natural world, making this book widely appropriate for both freethinker and religious families of all denominations. Instructions for science activities and simple solstice celebrations are also included.

The Magic Tree House #29: Christmas in Camelot, by Mary Pope Osborne (Random House) Reading The Magic Tree House chapter books to children can be a wonderful way to introduce them both to the concept of longer stories and to the history of America and other cultures. For children already familiar with the Magic Tree House, it can be a special treat for them to experience a seasonal story set in the world of characters they know so well. In this tale, Jack and Annie must go on a journey at Christmastime to save Camelot from being forgotten forever.

Kwanzaa Kids, by Joan Holub and Ken Wilson-Max (Puffin) This lift-the-flap book is an excellent introduction to Kwanzaa for very young children. With its many Swahili terms and different traditions, Kwanzaa can be a bit challenging for children to learn about. This book cuts to the essentials, with each two-page spread giving a very short explanation about one of the Nguzo Saba – the seven Kwanzaa principles – and showing the corresponding candles on the kinara. The illustrations are bold and colorful, and help make learning about Kwanzaa easy and fun.

We Belong Together: A Book About Adoption and Families, by Todd Parr (Little Brown). Todd Parr lends his trademark colorful illustrations and upbeat writing to this affirming book about all different kinds of adoptive families. Each two-page spread completes the sentence “We belong together because …” and tells the many reasons that adoptive families feel bonded to each other. This book sends the positive message that all adoptive families are born out of love, and can be shared not only with adopted children but also non-adopted children to introduce them to the idea of adoption.

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